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Almami reign champion of Momase

Little known Almami soccer team, the village boys from Bogia in Madang upset the Lae city boys with a 1-nil win to claim the 2018 Momase leg of Besta FA Cup in Madang on Saturday.

In the women’s grand final, golden boot awardee Megan Gunemba led Morobe Football Association of Lae to win 1-nil defeating Madang Soccer Association Team 1.

Both MFA men and women with Almami will now represent the Momase region in the final leg of the Besta Cup challenge for 2018 in September to be hosted in Lae.

Speaking after the grand final, Mileng described the tournament as successful giving the thumbs up the host organising team led by Madang Soccer Association president Sigfred Beschel.

Beschel, attributing the success of the tournament made possible by the huge challenges faced, said this is the 10th Besta Cup and the come next year if Madang will again be the host, he is optimistic of an increase in participating associations from 37 this year reaching 50 next year.

He said the tournament has been a window of opportunity for soccer in the region.

Mileng said the International Food Corporation continues to support the tournament for 12 years now.

He said Besta as well supports the PNGFA youth program in the country.

The golden boot was awarded to Mathew David of MFA in the men and Emma Kurabi of Madang Soccer Association in the women.

The fair play female team was awarded to Vanimo and the men’s fair play team awarded to Nimbem soccer club of Middle Ramu. Both teams also pocketed K500 each from Sigma Construction.

The most valuable player was awarded to Ricky Wadunah of MSA development team.

The most valuable female tournament player was awarded to Birung Sipi of Morobe Football Association while the top referee of the tournament was awarded to Martin Keith of Morobe Football Association.

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